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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, December 31, 2012

Proper Christmas Tree Disposal

Public Service Announcement from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department

After the holidays, don’t throw your natural tree away!


The Santa Barbara County Fire Department offers the following tips on what to do with your tree after the holidays:

  • Remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, and other NON-Organic decorative materials. This includes tree stands.
  • Trees are often required to be cut into 4 foot lengths; so you may need to cut your tree in half. In some areas, the trees must be cut small enough pieces to fit inside your green (yard waste) container.
  • Flocked trees will often need to be chopped-up and disposed with regular solid waste. Each area has different requirements, so be sure to check with your hauler’s website.
  • Trees are usually collected curbside for two weeks after Christmas. FREE Drop-off locations are also commonly available.
  • If you miss the collection period, you can cut-up the tree and place it in your green (yard waste) container for pick-up on the regularly scheduled service day; assuming your area has a yard waste collection program to which you subscribe.
  • Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds you to dispose of your Christmas tree properly. If you purchase a cut tree, make sure you recycle it.

All Santa Barbara County Fire Department Public Service Announcements are available at www.sbcfire.com

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